Writing tips can be invaluable. From something as big as how to structure a writing routine, to something as small as when and when not to use an exclamation point.
I use tips I’ve picked up along the years every day, and am always interested to find new ones.
I decided to start posting a tip (Bite) for writing two or three times a week. If you’re interested in reading more, or if they’re helpful, please let me know in a comment and I’ll keep posting them. All of these tips might work for you or only one or two of them might. But I’ve tried hundreds of different things over the years, and many of them have helped me improve as a writer.
Maybe a few of them can help someone else. If you’ve got a tip of your own, drop it in a comment and I’ll feature it in a future Writing Bites post.
Writing Bite #1
Stop writing at a point you know you can start writing from again.
By this, I mean perhaps in the middle of an action sequence or a conversation. Even mid-sentence. That way, when you come to start writing again, after a couple of hours, or the next day or a week later, you know you can get straight back into it.
Finishing at the end of a chapter, if I haven’t plotted what’s going to happen next, I sometimes get stuck. But by leaving off at a point where I know what’s going to happen next, I don’t get stuck.